New Knowledge Organization

Log Number: MG-50-18-0044-18

The New Knowledge Organization will conduct a qualitative meta-analysis of Master's and Doctoral theses from museum studies programs that address issues of personal and group identity and representation in museums, followed by interviews with a sample of the authors. A team of experienced researchers will aggregate the findings to develop a set of publication briefs to inform an edited volume of chapters written by collaborative teams drawn from the pool of thesis authors. The project team will upload a publicly accessible bibliography of all the works, and publish a glossary of terms used in this emerging area of research. The intended outcome of the work is to increase museum professionals' access and use of research on identity and representation. This will benefit the museum field by helping museums engage with communities and provide inclusive services to people of diverse geographic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds.